One of the big surprise hits of 2014 was the spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, which introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, will be released this Fall.
In the new film, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters is destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, which dates back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world.
The overall concept for Kingsman was created when writer Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn were in the midst of adapting Millar's Kick-Ass comic book for the big screen. Reflects the writer, "We agreed we wanted to explore the origins of an elite spy, but focus on an unlikely candidate," says Millar.
Millar told Vaughn about a newspaper article he had read about how Terence Young, who directed the first Bond film Dr No, had cast Sean Connery against the wishes of 007 author Ian Fleming. Fleming had seen 007 as more of a James Mason or David Niven type. Says Millar: "Young realized he had to turn Connery, this rough Edinburgh guy, into a gentleman, and before they started shooting the film he took him to his tailor, to his favorite restaurants, and basically taught him how to eat, talk, and dress like a gentleman spy."
That was the idea in Kingsman with Colin Firth as agent Harry Hart, who takes young street punk Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) and transforms him in much the way Young did Connery.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. Matthew Vaughn returns as director.
The film will be released September 22nd.